Claire, an IU senior, is completing majors in English and history and a minor in communication and culture.  In spring 2016 the College of Arts and Sciences awarded her the Palmer-Brandon Prize in the Humanities in recognition of her academic achievement, intellectual ability, and commitment to the humanities.  The Department of History recognized her as an outstanding honors student with the Elfrieda Lang Award and supported her participation in an historic preservation conference with the Cornelius O’Brien Fellowship.  She has interned with the Journal of American History and the Indiana Review literary magazine and is the first Bicentennial Intern in the Office of the IU President.  She is also student manager in the College’s Executive Deans Office.  For the College’s 2015 themester, @ Work:  The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet, Claire curated a library exhibit on “The Nature of Labor on a Changing Campus”; and she has researched the impact on IU of admitting women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  President of Chi Delta Phi Sorority and the IU Multicultural Greek Council, she is a delegate to the Diversity Task Force and to the Vision for the Ideal Fraternal Fraternity and Sorority Community Task Force.  She is a member of the Board of Aeons, which conducts research and provides student perspectives to the IU president; the Dean of Students Advisory Board; the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Fairness Committee; and the College Committee for Undergraduate Education.  She serves on the Lutheran Campus Ministry Executive Board and is a lifetime Girl Scout, active on campus, in the community, and beyond. 

With a commitment to the Girl Scouts mission to “make the world a better place,” she has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award and has traveled to Girl Scout World centers in India and Switzerland.  Claire is the first Wells Scholar from Vernon Hills High School in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

She will hold the Bernardo Mendel Scholarship in the Wells Scholars Program.